After visiting BTC Amsterdam, my head was full of Nostr and I needed to write down my thoughts on why this protocol resonates. Plus I tried to write it down in a way some of family and friends can understand it (giving them a purpe pill).
For me, Nostr resonates with many trends and signals I follow on the internet. Plus, it matches many of my own personal values around online privacy and digital autonomy. Nostr can fix the web in a similar way how bitcoin can fix the money system. And try to image when the two merge together.
For me it makes sense that Nostr will evolve into a future-proof protocol.
- Nostr clients are local-first
- Data portability between clients
- You really own your identity
- Privacy by default
- Going trustless
- It’s easy and developer friendly
- Censorship resistance
- Nostr is agnostic and for any data you would like to share
- Integrating the value4value model
- Backed by a community
My full blog explaining each point: https://sebastix.nl/blog/why-nostr-resonates/
It’s still very, very early
Compared to a new discovered territory, we’ve just started building small shelters. The Nostrverse is still very small with maybe 100 builders who are tinkering their way around the protocol. This means new clients and features popup every week. As now, many clients (and relays) are suffering from different performance issues. Most applications out there are doing one thing incredibly well. This means you need to use many different applications to understand and feel the Nostr experience. That’s currently how I’m moving through the Nostrverse. For now that’s ok. We need that friction to innovate and drive discovery. There is no freedom without restrictions. I’m sure the future will bring many more great applications with features which will show a completely new paradigm on how the web can work for us: the individuals.
My quest on contributing to Nostr
As a developer I'm looking for ways how I can contribute to the Nostrverse. Currently I'm maintaining and building on these projects in my spare time.
- nostr-php - a PHP helper library
- Drupal module: Nostr internet identifier NIP-05
- Drupal module: Nostr Simple Publish
- Drupal module: Nostr long-form content NIP-23
I also have some other technical ideas:
- how Nostr people and applications can benefit more from NIP-65 (many people are loosing their contacts if they start using more than one application)
- how Drupal can be used as a RMS (relay management system for e.g. moderating content) on existing relay implementations
If you would like help me out with my quest, please reach out to me on Nostr. My pubkey is
npub1qe3e5wrvnsgpggtkytxteaqfprz0rgxr8c3l34kk3a9t7e2l3acslezefeor search for my Nostr handle